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Ferenczi, S. (1931). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 5, 1931. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 421.

Ferenczi, S. (1931). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 5, 1931. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 421

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Sándor Ferenczi

Dr. S. Ferenczi

Budapest, I. Lisznyai U. 11.

Telefon: 573-87

Budapest, December 5, 1931

Dear Professor,

Don't think that the days I spent in Vienna left me uninfluenced. The long silence on my part is only an expression of the significance of our conversations; such a far-reaching and first-time examination of the differences in our views, or at least the technique that we comply with needs time to be settled. We are of one mind in principle as well as in the manner of acting; no less than you do I want to circumvent unnecessary and avoidable dangers; it is only a matter of a difference in the pace of what is unavoidably to be communicated and in the conception of the duty of science to communicate everything, even what is risky (if it is true), in the hope that from truth, ultimately only good can sprout. So, above all, the investigation should be predicated on whether the things that I have observed are true and whether their interpretation by me is correct. In that respect I will also make an effort to exercise the strictest objectivity possible— especially after objections from such a significant quarter. The time is still too short to be able to make any final statements about this work of revision. But honesty obliges me to say that, up to now, I don't feel called upon to change anything essential.— On no account does that mean defiant wanting to hold fast to what is my own (although I, like others, surely, am not completely free of such tendencies); in any case, I will endeavor to keep such purely personal motives (being insulted, infantile rebellion, etc.) in check.— It is still possible that some of what I am now experiencing in the analyses also has objective validity.

I hope that you continue to be well. I was very pleased about your state of well-being during my stay in Vienna.

Kind

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